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  • Least Skipper - (Ancyloxphya numitor)

    Least Skipper - (Ancyloxphya numitor)

    The Least Skipper is a small butterfly that prefers humid regions and tall grasses.

    Picture of Least Skipper
    Staff Writer (1/23/2014): Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay aloft. Their habitat, however, relieves them of the need to excel at flying in straight lines.

    Males fly in and around the tall grasses in search of females. Females lay eggs on a stalk of tall grass. Larvae hatch and use the grass to form a nest by either rolling it around themselves or using cocoon silk to cover themselves. They feed on the grass as well. Caterpillars are bright green and have white spots along both sides of the body.

    Adults are active in spring and summer. In warmer states, they are also active in the winter months. They prefer marshes and wetlands.

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    Least Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Least Skipper
    Scientific Name: Ancyloxphya numitor

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Ancyloxphya
            Species: numitor

    Size (Adult, Length): 15mm to 27mm (0.59in to 1.06in)

    Identifying Colors: orange; brown; yellow; white; gray; black

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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